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House panel temporarily suspends probe into PNP-PDEA shooting incident —Barbers

House panel temporarily suspends probe into PNP-PDEA shooting incident —Barbers

The House Committee on Dangerous Drugs will temporarily suspend its investigation into the shooting incident between the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Quezon City last Wednesday, its chairman Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers said.

"Please be advised that in light of Pres DU30's instruction to the NBI to conduct an impartial investigation on the PNP and PDEA incident , our scheduled Committee hearing/investigation in aid of legislation on Monday, March 1, 2021 , is temporarily suspended as a courtesy to and in order not to hinder the ongoing investigation...will keep you all posted on the devts," Barbers said in a message sent to reporters on Saturday.

President Rodrigo Duterte designated the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to be the sole body to investigate the deadly shootout, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday.

"Nagdesisyon po ang ating Pangulo na tanging NBI lang po ang mag-iimbestiga dun sa putukang nangyari sa panig ng mga kapulisan at ng PDEA diyan po sa Quezon City," Roque said.

“This is to ensure impartiality on the Quezon City shootout incident,” he added.

Four people — two policemen, a PDEA agent and an informant — were killed in the gun battle that took place late Wednesday afternoon at the parking lot of a fastfood establishment on Commonwealth, Quezon City.

Both the police and PDEA claimed they were conducting legitimate buy-bust operations at the time of the misencounter.

The House of Representatives' motu proprio probe into the deadly shootout was supposed to begin on Monday, March 1.

Roque on Saturday said Duterte will ask Congress to delay its investigation in order to allow the NBI to do its probe first. —KG, GMA News